Minutes of Regular Meeting
June 5, 2001
The Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District met in Regular Session on June 5, 2001. Directors in attendance were Chairman Larry Bland, Vice Chairman Ed Wakkuri, Urban Eberhart, Jim Schnebly and Brad Haberman. Also in attendance were Paul Harrel, Janeice Jump, Henry Peruchini, Ben George, Carol Ready, Barbara Pettit, Jack Carpenter and Legal Counsel John Gilreath.
The agenda was approved as presented with the addition of Executive Session.
The minutes of the May l, 2001 meeting were approved by a motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Brad Haberman. The motion passed unanimously.
Moving to water update Mr. Carpenter presented updated information from the USBR explaining the May 1st to September 30th TWSA has been increased to 30%. Mr. Carpenter further explained with the new percentage and using the historic system loss the allotment to landowners can be increased from .55 cfs to .60 cfs per irrigable acre with deliveries to mid-July. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Brad Haberman approved increasing the allotment from .55 cfs to .60 cfs per irrigable acre with a tentative turnoff date in mid-July. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter presented an O&M update explaining the Swauk Valley Ranch pipeline was primed today. Mr. Carpenter explained additional finger drains have been installed on the main canal repair at Lunds and it appears to be drying up. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board there was a lightning strike at the pumping plant causing damage to the 10 cfs controller explaining Watson Electric repaired the controller and a back up unit has been purchased. The repairs to the limit torque controller for the upper bay at the pumping plant are estimated at $2,500.00 or $4,500.00 for a new unit. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board no estimate has been received for repairs to the 320 Cat Excavator.
Carol Ready presented a KCWP update explaining KCWP submitted two grant applications to the Bonneville Power Administration in cooperation with the USBR, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, (2) Conservation Districts and Autanum Irrigation District for Salmon Recovery Money for fish screens and fish passage. Carol further explained grant applications have been submitted to Washington State Department of Ecology for continued water quality. Carol presented information on the Inter Local Agreement explaining it is being edited to broaden the language to expand the use of the funds. Carol explained she talked with the USBR and DOE regarding private non-profit status of KCWP and effect on funding. Carol further explained Washington State DOE explained KCWP as a private non profit would be eligible for Federal 319 Grants not State Grants and that if KRD was the grantee they could contract with KCWP to perform certain elements of the grant as any other subcontractor.
Mr. Carpenter presented information on Tri-County Resource Agency explaining the setting of instream flows was on the agenda and has not been decided and will be discussed at the next Joint Board.
Mr. Carpenter requested two Board members to serve on a committee to meet with Boss Construction. Larry Bland and Jim Schnebly will serve on the committee with Brad Haberman as alternate.
Moving to New Business Mr. Carpenter presented the USBR 2001 Construction Payment in the sum of $57,733.78. A motion from Urban Eberhart and seconded by Ed Wakkuri approved the USBR Construction payment in the sum of $57,733.78. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter presented the USBR 2001 O&M payment in the sum of $122,055.03. A motion from Urban Eberhart and seconded by Ed Wakkuri approved the USBR O&M payment in the sum of $122,055.03. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter presented the DOE Well LID payments, KRD Drought Payment and KRD Landslide Debris Flow payment in the sum of $52,387.50. A motion from Urban Eberhart and seconded by Ed Wakkuri approved the DOE payments in the sum of $52,387.50. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter presented a burn damage payment request from Rick Martin in the sum of $339.15 for damage to his fence charger and battery by KRD crews while burning the lateral. It was the consensus of the Board Mr. Martins fence charger and battery be replaced.
Mr. Carpenter presented the Keechelus Dam Repayment Agreement Request with Resolution 2001-2. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Urban Eberhart approved the Keechelus Dam Repayment Agreement request and Resolution 2001-2. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter presented the Department of Ecology Short Plat Water Quality Modification/NPDES Process explaining Roger Satnik and Russ Tresedder attended the WSWRA training on completing required forms.
Mr. Carpenter requested further discussion be moved to Executive Session.
Mr. Carpenter presented information on USBR bridge inspections performed by the Corp of Engineers and cost estimates. Mr. Carpenter will explore other options for inspections.
Mr. Carpenter presented information on the coordination of equipment and staff in an emergency in cooperation with Kittitas County. Discussion followed with the consensus Mr. Carpenter will prepare a draft statement/policy for presentation at the July meeting.
Mrs. Pettit presented the 2000 Annual Financial Report explaining the report was filed by May 30th in compliance with the State Auditors Office.
Mr. Carpenter presented the Bob Kelley Segregation Sec. 28 Twn. 18 Rng. 19. for pre approval. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Urban Eberhart approved the Bob Kelley Segregation as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter presented Ellensburg Telephone Co. Crossing Agreements Sec. 33 Twn. 19 Rng. 18. A motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Brad Haberman approved the Ellensburg Telephone Co. Crossing Agreements as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Carpenter presented information on the Washington State Department of Ecology Drought Preparedness Funding for 2001 for purchase of drought water and drought related projects. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board he will be completing the application for grant funds for the purchase of drought water and piping and lining projects.
Mr. Carpenter presented the Faren Cooper Crossing Agreement Sec. 6 Twn. 17 Rng. 20. A motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Ed Wakkuri approved the Faren Cooper Crossing Agreement as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
June 4th Drought Team USBR
TWSA/River Ops. USBR
June 5-6th IOP USBR
June 6th Insurance Mtg. KRD
June 7th Drought Court Yakima
June 9th Kittitas County Ellensburg Surplus Auction
June 15th Comp. Plan Review KRD
June 21st WSWRA
June 27th ROZA
The July meeting date was discussed with Mr. Carpenter explaining a TWSA meeting is scheduled for July 6th and suggested the Meeting be scheduled for July 10th.
Moving to Other Business Mr. Carpenter presented information on the NWRA Western Water Seminar in Stevenson, WA. scheduled for July 30th-Aug 2nd explaining he is planning to attend. Mr. Carpenter apprised the Board a FERC notice of application for a hydroelectric project located on Easton Diversion Dam has been submitted explaining KRD or the USBR have not been notified. Mr. Carpenter explained there is 60 days to respond and a right to intervene and or protest. Mrs. Pettit distributed and presented information on delinquent accounts. Mr. Eberhart presented a letter from Dennis Jensen regarding his water usage and water balances. Mr. Eberhart apprised the Board the Yakima Basin Storage Alliance has been formed and are looking for support and signatures supporting additional storage.
Mr. Henry Peruchini addressed the Board explaining the KRD field and office staff are very responsive and helpful and are doing a good job.
The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 2:05 p.m. for 15 minutes to discuss legal and personnel issues with a motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Jim Schnebly. The motion passed unanimously. With a motion from Jim Schnebly and seconded by Ed Wakkrui the Board returned to Regular Session at 2:20 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.
The Summary Vouchers for April, 2001 expenses Vouchers # 19324- 19353-19436 & 19439-19484 in the sum of $210,012.11 were presented for approval. A motion from Ed Wakkuri and seconded by Jim Schnebly approved the Summary Vouchers as presented. The motion passed unanimously.
The Directors monthly payroll vouchers were presented for signatures and checks distributed accordingly.
A motion from Urban Eberhart and seconded by Jim Schnebly authorized KRD supporting the Yakima Basin Storage Alliance in attempting to get additional storage and KRD landowners be notified and encourage their support. The motion passed unanimously.
All Business having been concluded the meeting adjourned.
Larry Bland Chairman
Jack W. Carpenter - Secretary-Manager
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